The Gulf Arab states are jostling for a greater share of Indian tourists. The UAE, Oman and Bahrain are strengthening their presence in India through road shows, greater marketing initiatives and easing of entry rules and regulations. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
This jewelry designer is also an architect The KFA did not share the actual letter with journalists.North Korea in recent months has suspended virtually all cooperation with the South amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with the United States, and ignored the South’s calls for discussions on coverage ahead of Tuesday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe game ended in a 0-0 draw. In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can’t see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)SEOUL, South Korea— The South Korean football association has requested that North Korea be punished for blocking rival fans and media from attending a World Cup qualifier between the countries at an empty stadium in Pyongyang.The Seoul-based KFA says its letter to the Asian Football Confederation argues that the North failed to uphold rules requiring host nations to grant visas and entries for traveling supporters and media without discrimination.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA general managers pick Clippers to win title in survey Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’
International Indian cricketer Praveen Kumar joined Samajwadi Party today.Out of field for almost 4 years, the pacer met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow today afternoon after which Kumar made the announcement.”I am impressed by the developmental works of our young chief minister, specially by his schemes and works related to the youth of the state. In the past four years, he had done a lot for the development of the state and his works will be a life line for the state”, Kumar said.However, Kumar said he will not contest elections as of now. “I am new in the field and for the next 2 -3 years I will learn (politics). However, if the party gives me the responsibility for any kind of publicity work, I will be more than happy”, he added.Kumar wore the Indian jersey for the last time in 2012 when he played against Pakistan in Dhaka.Kumar has taken 27 wickets in 6 test matches and 77 wickets in 68 one day matches.
Mexico How Mexico’s Alvarez converted practice squad experience into World Cup roster spot Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 07:22 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico Denmark v Mexico Denmark Friendlies After tagging along to the Confederations Cup, the 20-year-old will be El Tri’s youngest player in Russia. And this time he has a roster spot When 20-year-old Edson Alvarez sets foot in Moscow and begins to travel to Mexico’s first game of the World Cup, it won’t be his first time in the city. Alvarez has been here before, not in the squad for Mexico’s Confederations Cup run in 2017, but brought along to train and see how the country’s best do things.With Diego Reyes an injury doubt for Saturday’s friendly against Denmark and the tournament that follows, the versatile Alvarez has stepped into the gap. How did he end up on the World Cup roster after a lackluster season with Club America?The groundwork was laid around this time a year ago. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio looked at his Confederations Cup squad and noticed a lack of youth. Mexico has a tradition of taking one or two bright young players along to major tournaments. That helps explain why Rafa Marquez is set for his fifth World Cup while Andres Guardado may catch up to him in 2022. With the two youngest players in the Confederations Cup squad 21-year-old Hirving Lozano and 23-year-old Carlos Salcedo, Osorio elected to bring Alvarez and Chivas defender Alejandro Mayorga to Russia to train with the group and learn the ropes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Of course,” the time spent watching players like that duo plus defenders Hector Moreno and Salcedo helped him get better, Alvarez said at Mexico’s media day in May.It showed. He was a standout on a disappointing Gold Cup team, holding down the right-back spot and both getting into the attack often and frustrating attackers. That led to more and more call-ups for the teenager, who had earned his international debut in January 2017.”The truth is from the first time I was called I couldn’t believe it, being a young guy who at that time was 18 or 19 years old. I felt really happy to be involved with these stars, with these ‘cracks’ who have done a lot of things in their careers,” Alvarez said. “They’ve come to me giving me advice, advice on the field as well. I feel really fortunate to have been in with the group because with this I grew daily, I became more and more professional from what they told me and really they’re things I can’t describe to you because they showed me their experience and gave me confidence and made me feel really, really good.”Despite the strong summer, it wasn’t a tremendous season for Alvarez. He lost his starting spot with America at the beginning of the Clausura, eventually seeing time both at right back and center back when injuries or suspensions forced regulars Paul Aguilar, Bruno Valdez or Emanuel Aguilera out. Even then, he struggled in the Liguilla against Santos Laguna’s attack as America fell to the eventual champion in the semifinals.Osorio still has faith in Alvarez and has seen a pair of serviceable showings in the friendly matches that preceded Saturday’s finale. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Osorio, a manager who loves to move around pieces on the field to try and find an advantage in the tactical chess match, appreciates the option to put Reyes all over the board. In English, we hardly use the world ‘polyfunctional’, but its Spanish equivalent is used often to describe players like Alvarez who can play a number of positions.“We’re looking for the ‘polifuncionalidad’ Edson has. It’s something we’re seriously considering,” Osorio said before he named his final list. “We see a player who is very similar to Diego, who can play as a center back, on the outside and at times as a central midfielder.”With Reyes struggling with a hamstring problem, Alvarez suddenly has a spot on the squad – helped along by Nestor Araujo’s continuing knee issues that forced him out of the squad. The 20-year-old realizes his good fortune is a consequence of bad luck for others but said he still has to make the most out of the chance.”Of course it’s sad. Nobody wishes anyone any ill, especially not a teammate,” he said. “We feel sad but we have to do our job. It’s part of the game. Unfortunately it happened to him but he knows we’re supporting him and are there for him at all times and we can’t do anything except for continue forward.”Now, the manager has to be patting himself on the back for spotting Alvarez and giving him a taste of what he needed to get to the highest level. He isn’t there yet – though Alvarez said, “If you’re a player in Europe, it’s because you deserve to be. You’ve done something right. My dream also is to play in Europe.”Even if he’s not yet at that level, he’s still a player who Mexico may need to get out of the group stage in Russia. How fit Reyes is and whether Osorio wants to play him in the midfield or in defense will determine just how much time Alvarez sees against Denmark or if there’s any chance at him starting against Germany.Having that chance, though, is more than he expected just a year ago when he was training, wide-eyed, next to some of the best players Mexico has ever produced. There’s no time to be amazed now. Alvarez is on the squad. His job now is to prove he belongs.
view more view less Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 00:27 IST Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning 78* off 36 balls against Rajasthan Royals on Monday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named man-of-the-match after his unbeaten 78 helped DC crush RRPant’s form had dipped after a 78 not out vs Mumbai Indians a month agoPant conceded the World Cup selection had played on his mindRishabh Pant hit an unbeaten 78 off 36 balls as Delhi Capitals crushed Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets to top the points table in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Pant had smashed an unbeaten 78 off 27 balls against Mumbai Indians on March 24 but had since seen a dip in form.To make matters worse for Rishabh Pant, he was omitted from India’s World Cup squad after he failed to grab his chances. In between those two 78 not outs, Pant was often criticised for his shot-selection. With scores of 25, 11, 39, 5, 18, 46, 23, 7 and 6, he was not doing what was expected of him. RR vs DC Report | HighlightsRishabh Pant finally found his mojo a week after India announced their 15-man World Cup squad. Up against the Royals, Pant walked out to bat at a critical juncture in a crucial chase of 192.With Prithvi Shaw, Pant added 84 for the 3rd wicket and his innings was studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes. Delhi Capitals Ricky Ponting said India had made a mistake by not taking Pant to the World Cup.What a win this for @DelhiCapitals against the Rajasthan Royals pic.twitter.com/dGTz9UM598IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019Rishabh Pant admitted he was thinking of the World Cup selection even as DC continued their march to the top of the table.”Feels really good to make your team win a crucial match,” Pant told the broadcaster after winning the man-of-the-match.”I won’t lie that the thought wasn’t running through my mind, but I just focus on my process and that’s all I was thinking of,” he said.advertisementDelhi Capitals also benefitted from Shikhar Dhawan’s rapid fifty at the top. Obviously, skipper Shreyas Iyer was a happy man and said he was thrilled with the way the batting group was beginning to click.”We are happy with our team is going. The positivity is spreading in the camp. Ricky tells us that batsman who get start should bat for a long time.”Rishabh took that initiave and batted till the end. In the previous match, I was there till the end and Shikhar did it too in one match,” Iyer said after DC won.Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag celebrates 1st IPL wicket with Bihu danceAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Delhi CapitalFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow 2019 IPL No data available! graphs advertisement commentary World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRIPL 2019: Rishabh Pant said the World Cup selection did play on his mind after his aggressive 78 not out helped Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals and move to the top of the 2019 Indian Premier League points table scorecard
San Francisco: Apple Music has surpassed 60 million subscribers globally in the past four years since its launch in 2015, company’s iTunes chief Eddy Cue has said. Cue said this in an interview with French media site Numerama, and added that “in the Apple ecosystem, Apple Music is the number one streaming service”. In April 2018, the subscriber number was at 40 million and a report from July 2018 claimed that Apple Music had more paying users than Spotify in the US, news portal GSM Arena reported late on Thursday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app It gained 10 million subscribers in the first six months of its launch on June 30, 2015 and the numbers went up to 20 million in December 2016. Apple Music’s paid subscriber count in January was at over 50 million, as per the iPhone-maker, while Spotify had reached the 75-million mark. The Cupertino-based company is also expected to revamp the way users access Apple Music in its upcoming macOS Catalina update. Following price cuts by domestic music streaming services like JioSaavn and Gaana in India, Apple is now offering Apple Music subscription for Rs 99/month from the previous of Rs 120/month. With Apple Music’s new monthly plan, the iPhone-maker has become cheaper than Spotify that charges Rs 119/month in India. According to consulting firm Deloitte, online music market in India is expected to surpass $273 million by March 2020.
SYDNEY, N.S. – A section of Cape Breton’s famed Cabot Trail has reopened after heavy rain washed out stretches of the coastal highway and damaged other roads in the area.Several days of steady rainfall have left the land saturated and watercourses brimming with water.With more rain on the way, residents on the island are fearing the worst.Victoria County warden Bruce Morrison said sections of the Cabot Trail were submerged under water and impassable.He said numerous homes in the area have flooded basements and the situation could worsen.Up to another 50 millimetres of rain are expected before Cape Breton skies begin to clear late Thursday.“Most residents will continue to be very concerned until rain lets up,” Morrison said. “It’s a concern not only in residential areas but there has been farmland affected by the conditions.”The Nova Scotia Transportation Department’s area manager, Stephen MacDonald, said some roadways have been reopened with minor damage that still needs repair while other roads could be closed for weeks.“Two roads are still closed to through traffic because large culverts were washed out,” he said. “The heavy rain washed debris downstream and blocked the entrance to the culverts, causing flooding.”He said new environmental regulations require the department to meet more stringent design criteria when replacing road infrastructure like culverts.The department needs to build for a one-in-a-hundred-year storm event, as well as make considerations for fish passage, MacDonald said.Meanwhile, Sydney-area residents are on edge about swelling brooks and streams.Cape Breton Regional Municipality spokeswoman Christina Lamey said people have their sump pumps “going like crazy” to keep basements dry.While there are currently no reports of overland flooding or road closures in the area, she said city crews are closely monitoring waterways and changes in weather that could worsen the situation.Unlike the flash flooding in Sydney last October after 225 millimetres of rain fell in a day, the region is under a large low pressure area that has lingered for days.Still, Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said much of Cape Breton has seen rainfalls levels in the last nine days that surpass what would normally fall in a month.As a result, she said the ground is saturated with water and has little ability to absorb more rain.A rainfall warning remains in effect for metro Sydney and Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Cape Breton counties.— By Brett Bundale in Halifax
EDMONTON — A charity that runs cross-country ski programs for Indigenous youth is expanding across Western Canada.Spirit North, which was founded in 2009, started in four First Nation communities in northern Alberta to improve the health and well being of Indigenous youth through outdoor sport and play.“We gradually expanded our footprint out from there,” said Beckie Scott, an Olympic medallist who runs the charity. “In the last four years, we began working in the south of Alberta — in the Morley area as well as Tsuut’ina.”With the help of a federal government grant, they added three communities in B.C. in 2018. Another grant will allow the program to further expand in B.C. and into Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the coming year.Scott, who first made a name for herself in 2002 when she captured Olympic gold in Salt Lake City, initially joined the program as an ambassador after retiring from competition following a silver medal win at the 2006 Turin Olympics. She also became a leading international voice to root out doping in sports.Her contributions to sport led to her appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada last week.In an interview with The Canadian Press prior to the announcement, she said she spent some time searching for her next role.“I was really inspired and intrigued by the idea of sport for development — the concept that sport could be something other than high performance and Olympics,” said Scott. “I was very interested in … the idea that it could be used to make a difference for people, especially kids.”During her time as an ambassador with Spirit North, she said she saw its value and ended up taking over as the charity’s chief executive officer last year.The program, which fits with several of the calls to action for reconciliation, creates opportunities for Indigenous children to benefit from outdoor sport.“We bring a fleet of cross-country skis and boots and poles — all the equipment necessary — to the school and then operate the program all day long, trying to get every kid out on skis,” explained Scott. “It’s a really play-based approach so it’s fun, it’s supported, it’s learning and skills.”Scott said each community tailors the program to its needs, deciding how many times a week to run it and bringing in volunteers for support.“We talk a lot about healthy lifestyles, about mental health also — you know how physical activity and sport really make you feel better on the inside and help you deal with frustrations and stress you might be experiencing,” she said.They are operating in 33 communities across Alberta and B.C. and another six will get started in Saskatchewan and Manitoba early in the new year.During a panel discussion at the Banff Mountain Film Festival earlier this year, the principal of one of the schools involved said it has had a positive effect.“It’s so exciting to be a part of Spirit North,” said Jeff Horvath, who works at the Grade 5 to 12 school on Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta. “The impact is really great. What we really want to do is ignite passion in our young people.“It’s nice to enjoy the children being children because so often our kids are put in situations that no children should be dealing with.”Scott said they get great feedback from all the schools where the program operates.“We see so many success stories and hear so much from teachers in terms of the way that they have observed students who come out of their shells or who aren’t performing academically or are struggling in the classroom, and they see them blossom when they are out in the schoolyard with their skis on,” she said.“We’ve had kids tell us ‘this program has made me want to come to school, it made me feel like I can be good at something, like I belong, like I’m included.’”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitter.Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try to put the SNC-Lavalin affair behind him today by acknowledging mistakes were made and promising to do better in future.But while he’ll adopt a more conciliatory tone, well-placed sources say Trudeau will continue to insist there was no unethical or illegal behaviour involved. Rather, he is expected to attribute the controversy to a breakdown in trust and communications between his office and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the statement Trudeau is scheduled to make at an early morning news conference today.Trudeau’s government has been reeling for the past month since allegations first surfaced that Wilson-Raybould was improperly pressured to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and was punished for her refusal to give in by being moved out of the justice portfolio to veterans affairs in an early January cabinet shuffle.She resigned from cabinet shortly after the controversy erupted. Her close friend and cabinet ally, Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, resigned in solidarity on Monday, saying she’d lost confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Along the way, Trudeau’s principal secretary, longtime friend and trusted adviser Gerald Butts, also resigned.Butts testified before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday, methodically and calmly rebutting explosive testimony from Wilson-Raybould the week before that she was relentlessly pressured last fall — and even received veiled threats about her future as justice minister — to intervene in the criminal trial of the Montreal engineering giant.Wilson-Raybould maintained the pressure was exerted to convince her to reverse a decision by the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, to pursue a criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin on charges of bribery and corruption related to contracts in Libya.She said Trudeau, his senior aides, the clerk of the Privy Council and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office all wanted her to direct Roussel to negotiate a remediation agreement, which would have forced the company to pay stiff reparations while avoiding a possible criminal conviction that could threaten its financial viability and the livelihoods of its 9,000 Canadian employees. While the pressure was inappropriate, Wilson-Raybould said it was not illegal.Butts countered that all they wanted was for Wilson-Raybould to seek a second opinion from an eminent retired judge so that the government could demonstrate it had seriously considered all legal options, given the jobs that were potentially at stake. He maintained all involved recognized that the final decision was the attorney general’s alone and no one crossed the line into applying inappropriate pressure.Butts also laid the groundwork for the approach Trudeau is expected to take today.“A breakdown in the relationship between the former attorney general and the prime minister occurred,” he told the committee. “That breakdown coloured the unrelated events of the fall of 2018 in a negative light for many of the people involved. As the main point of contact in the PMO for the former minister of justice, I take responsibility for it.”Insiders believe Butts offered a credible counter-narrative that now allows the prime minister to say both sides thought they were doing the right thing but a breakdown in communications between them led to the rupture.In owning some responsibility for the mistakes, the sources said Trudeau will essentially be offering a way for Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to walk back their professed loss of confidence in the government, rejoin the Liberal team and move on with the heavy agenda he hopes to accomplish before Canadians head to the polls in October.Both former ministers have said they intend to continue as part of the Liberal caucus and both have been nominated to run again for the Liberals this fall. However, should they persist in saying they have no confidence in Trudeau’s government, the source said Liberal MPs would likely demand they be kicked out of caucus and Trudeau would refuse to allow them to run for the party again.Wilson-Raybould showed little sign Wednesday of relenting. Opposition members of the justice committee are pushing for her to be invited back to respond to Butts’ testimony and she indicated in a statement that she’d be happy to do so.Opposition parties also have no interest in letting Trudeau portray the controversy as a family dispute that can be fixed and forgotten. They will doubtless continue asserting that the affair amounts to political interference in the criminal justice system and demanding that all other officials named by Wilson-Raybould be called to testify.Moreover, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has requested that the RCMP investigate the matter and the federal ethics commissioner is conducting his own investigation into it — either of which could yet add fuel to the SNC-Lavalin fire.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A dental hygienist stripped of his licence as a sexual abuser because he treated his wife has lost his bid to have the punishment overturned.Ontario’s Divisional Court decision upholding the “harsh” punishment for Alexandru Tanase comes even though regulators have proposed allowing hygienists to treat spouses as dentists may do.“There is no other case of any dental hygienist anywhere in Canada who has been found guilty of sexual abuse for treating his wife,” the court said in its ruling. “It is indeed unfortunate that the (discipline committee) elected to proceed with the complaint.”A disciplinary hearing arose after a complaint to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario from a colleague, who had spotted a June 2016 Facebook post from Tanase’s grateful wife, identified as S.M., about the care he had provided her.Evidence before the discipline committee was that S.M. feared dental treatment and had had no care for several years when she became platonic friends with Tanase in 2012. He soon provided her with free in-office treatment.In mid-2014, court records show, they became romantically involved and he stopped treating her because of the blanket ban on sexual relations between health-care professionals and their patients. The province enacted the zero-tolerance policy in 1993 to protect patients from exploitation. Consent is irrelevant.While working at a clinic in Guelph, Ont., a colleague told Tanase that dental hygienists were allowed to treat their spouses. In fact, the college approved a spousal exemption in September 2015 but the legislature never adopted the rule — as it has done for dentists.Based on his erroneous understanding of the law, Tanase began again treating his otherwise treatment-averse fiancee, and continued doing so after they married in early 2016.The discipline committee ruled it had no choice but to find Tanase had violated the ban on sexual relations with a patient — even though the patient was his spouse and the sex consensual — and therefore subject to mandatory licence revocation.“You have paid a heavy price,” the committee said. “We sincerely hope to see you again as an active member of the dental hygiene profession.”Tanase appealed to the courts, arguing the law violated his constitutional rights.In its ruling, the Divisional Court panel said Tanase posed no danger to the public, and expressed sympathy for the couple given that he cannot practise for at least five years.The panel noted a previous case in which the college took no action against a female hygienist who treated her husband in light of their pre-existing spousal relationship and questioned why the Tanase complaint had gone forward. The court also said it seemed unfair that dentists can treat their spouses but hygienists can’t.Nevertheless, the panel ruled the licence revocation as a “sexual abuser” and “stigma” of having details of his discipline posted on the college’s public website were constitutional and did not amount to cruel or unusual punishment. Current law and previous legal decisions upholding the validity of the sex ban and mandatory punishment for a violation had tied its hands, the court said.“Unless and until the Ontario government approves the regulation put forward by the College of Dental Hygienists to enact a spousal exemption, the mandatory revocation and ancillary relief imposed by the discipline committee as they pertain to spouses must be upheld,” the panel said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsA Juno award-winning musician, a former cage fighter, a climate change specialist and Canada’s hardest working MP are all vying for Yukon’s only federal seat.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story about the heated election race in the Yukon.
New Delhi: The Editors Guild has condemned several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal during the fifth phase of polling and urged the Election Commission to take action against those who indulged in such acts. Physical attacks against journalists are always reprehensible but particularly so during elections as they undermine fair media scrutiny of an election, the Guild said in a statement. The Editors Guild said it condemns several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal on May 6, during the fifth phase of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJournalists belonging to different media organisations including NewsX, ABP Ananda and Zee News were attacked, allegedly by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the statement said. The Guild urges the EC to initiate necessary action against those who indulged in physical violence against journalists and asks the Bengal government to ensure law and order in the state so that journalists are not attacked by political parties and they can perform their professional duties safely, it said.
Istanbul – At least 32 ISIS terrorists were killed in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement released on Friday.Also, 119 ISIS targets, including the terror group’s shelters, headquarters, defense positions and vehicles had been hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish army’s support during the same time period, the statement said.Turkish Air force also hit 21 ISIS targets in Syria’s Al-Bab and Bzagah regions, including control points, shelters, headquarters and vehicles used by the terrorists. The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for ISIS, from the terrorist group. Friday marks the 136th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.The statement also said 43 mines and 2,757 improvised explosives had been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.The Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jet
The new agreement between the UN and INTERPOL aims to boost policing cooperation in restoring stability in post-conflict areas, UN Deputy Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler told reporters in New York.The arrangement, agreed last week in Singapore, includes the exchange of information, cooperation in relation to interim law enforcement, security support to national police and training for the development of national police and other law enforcement agencies.“Our efforts to become more effective and highly professional through the development of strategic framework for international police peacekeeping depend on the commitment of Member States to provide well-qualified men and women who can contribute to fulfilling our core police functions and to train them in accordance to UN standards and values,” said Ms. Orler.“We have a real chance of making real improvements and we are counting on Member States to support us in these efforts,” she added.In August, the Police Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) launched a drive to recruit more police and more female police officers, targeting an increase in the number of women from 8 per cent today to 20 per cent in 2014, said Ms. Orler.“We encourage Member States to establish a policy that sets the percentage of their contribution of female police officers at a minimum of the same percentage of female officers they have in their national police,” she said, noting that Liberia has already set the target.“The long-term goal is, of course, to have 50-50,” stressed Ms. Orler.There are currently around 12,000 policemen and women, from over 100 countries, serving in 17 UN missions, compared to 2,400 a decade ago. The Security Council has authorized the deployment of a total of 15,000 UN police to peacekeeping operations. 20 October 2009A senior United Nations official today welcomed a recent landmark agreement with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to strengthen police units in peacekeeping missions around the world, and called on Member States to contribute more women officers to those operations.
Ottawa is looking to set up a cannabis tracking system to collect information about marijuana products from licensed producers, distributors and retailers — just one of a host of proposed changes to be ushered in alongside legalization.Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls.The tracking would also help to ensure cannabis is not being diverted to illegal markets, the department said, given the government’s stated and oft-repeated goal of limiting organized crime’s footprint in the pot trade.“Mandatory product track-and-trace systems are common features in other jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for non-medical purposes,” the department said.Weed capital of the world: Canadian pot firms see medical exports growing under Trudeau lawPrivatize marijuana sales to avoid conflict of interest between public health and profit, C.D. Howe says in letter to Bill BlairThe specific requirements of the system still need to be developed, Health Canada added, noting similar systems are used in the U.S. to gather information about cannabis products.The department did not say how much the proposed system would cost — only that it intends to offset such costs through licensing and other fees.The government legislation did not offer any specifics on tax measures for marijuana, which was sure to be difficult to miss Thursday on Parliament Hill as aficionados gather to mark the annual April 20 pot celebrations known as 4-20.However, not everyone is cheering the government’s legalization efforts.Alex Newcombe, a 31-year-old medicinal marijuana user, said he is incredibly disappointed by the Liberal legislation introduced last week.“It is not anything other than prohibition 2.0,” Newcombe said, who is especially upset that the federal Liberals have not taken step to decriminalize the drug in the interim.“(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) could decriminalize it at a moment’s notice,” he said. “He’s the one stopping it at the moment — we’re calling him out on it.”The federal government has said repeatedly it has no plans to decriminalize marijuana until legalization is in place — a goal it hopes to achieve by July 2018.The Canadian Press
British cars are among the best maintained in the world, with UK motorists spending a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair. That’s according to a new report – the first official industry analysis of the UK automotive aftermarket – published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The report, The Importance of the Aftermarket to the UK Economy, commissioned by SMMT from independent research consultancy Frost & Sullivan, reveals that UK consumers spend an average £695.39 on car maintenance every year – some 12% higher than the average global spend per car of £621.62.2 The report also states that compared with other markets there are fewer cars in disrepair, generating excess pollution or needing new brakes on British roads.With more than 42,500 vehicle service and repair locations of all types, the UK aftermarket is a huge, diverse and highly competitive industry. With a strong franchised dealer network and the largest share of work carried out by independently owned businesses in Europe at 64%, it offers consumers a wide choice of where and how they have their cars serviced – and how much they spend. Parts and labour costs at independent outlets can be up to 65% and 45% lower respectively.The report also reveals the significant economic contribution made by the UK automotive aftermarket, which delivers an annual £12.2 billion direct to the UK economy and supports more than 345,000 British jobs. As the number and age of vehicles on UK roads increases, thanks to a healthy new car market, ever-improving quality and ever-more advanced servicing techniques, by 2022 the UK aftermarket is projected to be worth some £28 billion with an employee base of around 400,000.The report’s findings come as the first ever Automechanika aftermarket trade show in the UK opens today at Birmingham’s NEC. The exhibition brand already has a presence in 14 markets and the growing UK sector is the latest to be identified as a key investment destination.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK’s aftermarket is one of the most competitive in the world and plays a critical role in keeping Britain’s 30 million-plus cars3 roadworthy. Robust competition and a strong independent sector have helped reduce the cost of vehicle ownership in the UK and provided greater choice to consumers. For this growth to be sustained, however, the sector must stay abreast of evolving vehicle technologies and changing mobility patterns.”The UK aftermarket is already the fourth largest in Europe by car parc size, with more than 30 million vehicles in use requiring regular servicing and maintenance work, and it is set to overtake France to take third place by 2022. By the same measure, it is also the eighth largest sector of its kind in the world; bigger than those in Brazil, Korea, Canada, and even India.The way people buy and use cars is also changing rapidly which, according to the report, presents the aftermarket with both opportunities and challenges. The shift from outright vehicle purchase to leasing and a longer-term trend from car ownership to ‘usership’ will require new business models, while the new era of vehicle connectivity will also present opportunities for businesses prepared to embrace technological change.The digitisation of retailing is also having an impact on the way consumers’ needs are served, with motorists increasingly using the internet to compare prices and products and schedule maintenance work. The UK aftermarket is well placed to respond, with the highest penetration of online retail for automotive parts and services at 7%, ahead of Germany and France at 5% and 4% respectively.The report calls for a greater emphasis on investment in skills and equipment to ensure the aftermarket responds to increasingly complex vehicle technologies, as well as maintenance of competition regulation to ensure consumers continue to benefit from choice, convenience and competitive prices.Opening today and running until 9 June, the first ever Automechanika Birmingham will see thousands of investors and buyers visit more than 550 aftermarket and supply chain companies at the NEC. Of the 15 Automechanika trade shows that now exist worldwide, Birmingham’s event is set to be the second biggest debut behind only that of Frankfurt’s flagship show.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT1 SMMT: The Importance of the UK Aftermarket to the UK Economy, Frost & Sullivan, June 2016 combines in-house data from Frost & Sullivan and secondary sources with primary research. Interviews were held with a variety of participants in the UK during March, April and May 2016 to validate findings and confirm key figures.2 The average annual spend per car is approximately £695.39 in the UK. While the average spend on a personal car is often lower than this, fleet and leasing companies tend to spend more and may be more likely to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules. Global spend based on an estimated 1.11 billion vehicles in operation globally and a global aftermarket retail value of £690 billion.3 The Importance of the UK Aftermarket to the UK Economy report uses DfT Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 4 2015 for Great Britain.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have placed Nick Perry on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending the veteran outside linebacker’s season.Rookie defensive end James Looney, a seventh-round pick out of California, was signed from the practice squad to take Perry’s spot on the roster ahead of the road game Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.Perry, who was counted on to provide pass-rush punch from the edge along with Clay Matthews, finishes the season with 24 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He was also limited by an ankle injury this year.The addition of Looney will add depth to a line that might not have starter Mike Daniels for a while because of a left foot injury.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Charles Barkley is a prophet. But not for thinking the Bulls are going to beat the Heat, because that’s not going to happen. For the record, the Mavericks won’t be toppling Miami’s trio either. No, the “Round Mound of Rebound” 1993 Nike commercial makes him clairvoyant: “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It’s an immutable truth. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t reflect the real world. Growing up, my favorite athlete was Ken Griffey Jr. I loved everything about him. I gawked at his poetry-in-motion swing. I reveled in the fact that he was a true five-tool player in for most of his career. And, as a native of Cincinnati, I felt extreme pride that he grew up in the Queen City and spent eight-plus seasons playing for the Reds. Most of all, I admired Griffey for constantly having a smile on his face. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the game of baseball. But at no point did I consider Griffey a role model. Luckily for me, I had my mom, my dad and my grandpa to emulate. Many other kids aren’t so lucky. They grow up in fragmented families, often with one, or even no, parent or guardian to speak of. Those people, not professional athletes, should serve as life’s prototypes for kids. It’s a shame some children aren’t even given a choice. Both role models and athletes have character flaws, but the difference is, your parents’ mistakes won’t be broadcast on ESPN or dissected in discussion boards over the Internet. Instead, your parents can have their cake and eat it too. They can sit you down and chat about your mistakes and also their own errors in judgment. Michael Jordan, on the other hand, can’t walk through your front door, sit down on your couch and open up about his past gambling addiction or divorce. Furthermore, it’s hard to trust an athlete to set the right example. Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Tiger Woods and LeBron James: All of them are professional athletes who, at some time, have captivated the attention of sports fans and even non-sports aficionados with their skills and runs on the history books. Jones, Bonds, McGwire and Sosa cheated. Woods cheated on his wife many times over. James cheated the idea of tactfulness. The truth is clear: Barkley’s right — don’t try to “Be like Mike.” Unless, of course, that’s your father’s name.
A day after former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta was fired, 2018 three-star small forward recruit Justin Ahrens has decommitted from the Buckeyes.“Due to coach Matta’s release, and after talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be re opening my recruitment,” Ahrens said Tuesday in a tweet announcing his decision.He also mentioned that he will still consider attending OSU, and thanked Matta and the coaches for giving him the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 wing from Versailles, Ohio, is the No. 160 prospect in his class and the sixth-best player in the Buckeye State, according to 247Sports.One player in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class remains committed to the Buckeyes: four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/aGZ8vUPlZS— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) June 6, 2017